With SJCE You Get Clean Energy and Competitive Rates.
Your electricity will be more renewable and carbon free and your generation rates, inclusive of fees, will be 1% below PG&E generation rates. You’ll see three different charges on your bill—you can compare them in the chart below.
You can also upgrade to TotalGreen for 100% renewable energy. It will cost the average home about $5 more per month than GreenSource, our default service.
Use our savings worksheet to calculate your savings.
Sample residential cost comparison*
*Based on a typical residential usage of 445kWh under the E-1 rate schedule at current PG&E rates, and SJCE rates effective November 15, 2019. Actual costs will vary depending on usage and other factors. This estimate is an average of seasonal rates. The PG&E renewable energy content is in the Annual Report to the California Energy Commission Power Source Disclosure Program in June 2018.
SJCE GreenSource generation charges, plus PG&E added fees, are 1% below PG&E generation charges. Since generation charges typically make up around half of a customer's bill, customers will see an overall discount of about 0.5% with SJCE. This adds up to over $3 million in savings each year across our community.
WHAT ARE THESE CHARGES FOR?
This pays for your source of power and how much electricity you’re using. Your rate will vary, depending on the type of service you choose: GreenSource, TotalGreen or PG&E service.
PG&E Added Fees
PG&E does add a fee for SJCE customers to your bill, called the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment but also known as the PCIA or “exit fee.” The PCIA is meant to ensure that SJCE customers pay the difference between what PG&E paid for power contracted to serve them prior to their switch and its current market value. As shown in the chart above, SJCE GreenSource service is still cheaper than PG&E, even with the added fees.
PG&E still delivers your electricity on existing power lines and maintains the lines. The PG&E delivery rates are the same for everyone.
CARE, FERA AND MEDICAL BASELINE DISCOUNTS
Customers enrolled in SJCE continue to receive the same California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE), Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA), or Medical Baseline discount within their PG&E delivery charges. There is no need to reapply.
In fact, these customers save even more with SJCE because their electric generation charges are 1% cheaper.
SJCE electric vehicle (EV) rate schedules, EV-A and EV-B, mirror those of PG&E. If you are already enrolled in PG&E’s EV charging rate plan, you'll continue to get these rates with SJCE – with cleaner power and a 1% discount on generation charges.
PG&E maintains all customer account information, so all rate change selections are still made through PG&E. If you would like to enroll on an EV rate, contact PG&E’s customer support line. Your rate selection will be communicated to us by PG&E.
Calculate Your Costs and Savings
Use our savings worksheet and your latest electricity bill to compare what you would be paying per month for PG&E electricity generation service to what you are paying for SJCE generation service. GreenSource customers will see a 1% savings, while TotalGreen customers will see a small premium.
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HOW MUCH WILL TOTALGREEN COST ME?
SJCE's TotalGreen service provides customers with 100% renewable energy at a $0.01/kilowatt-hour (kWh) price premium. For the average home, it costs about $5 extra per month over GreenSource service.
To estimate how much extra TotalGreen will cost you each month, find the total kWh usage on your latest bill and multiply it by $0.01.
CHANGE YOUR RATE PLAN
94% of San José homes are on tiered rate plans with PG&E, where the price of electricity is based on how much is used.
The remaining San José homes are on time-of-use (TOU) plans, where the price of electricity is based on when it's used. About 75% of San José residents will save money on TOU plans compared to tiered plans. TOU plans better align customer pricing with the cost of procuring electricity. Higher cost, "peak" periods fall from 4 to 9 p.m. when demand is high and less renewable energy is available.
SJCE rate plan options mirror PG&E's, except customers on a tiered rate plan with PG&E for electric delivery are charged a flat rate for electric generation with SJCE, regardless of usage. You can learn more, compare your usage on different plans, and choose a new rate plan through PG&E; PG&E will communicate your selection to us.